About Derek

Derek Thomas was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Ives and the Isles of Scilly in the 2017 General Election, having in 2015 become the first Conservative MP for the area since 1997. He was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee until 2017 and and was elected to the Health Select Committee in February 2018. 

Born to missionary parents, Derek grew up in West Cornwall and qualified as a Cornish Mason within the Construction Industry before taking up a career in the voluntary sector working with vulnerable people for over 17 years. During this time, Derek developed a number of initiatives supporting vulnerable people to become more independent and ensure that they develop skills towards securing employment. Derek also set up a small construction company, developing redundant buildings into residential properties.

Derek has also served as a District and Parish Councillor and has brought his experience in regards to local issues into his work at Westminster, prioritising the topics of skills, jobs, housing and health.

Derek lives in the rural village of St Buryan with his wife Tamsin Thomas and their three young children.


Derek in Parliament: 

Select Committees 

  • Health Select Committee, 2018 – Present
  • Science and Technology Select Committee, 2015-17

The committee, to which MPs are elected by their peers at the start of the new parliament, exists to ensure that Government policy and decision-making is based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence.

All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs): 

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country.

While they are not official parliamentary committees these groups can sometimes be influential because of their non-partisan, bicameral approach to an issue.

Office holder for:
Chair, Vascular and Venous Disease  Group, 2017-
Chair, Brain Tumours Group , 2017-
Treasurer, Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency  Group, 2017-
Officer, Home Electrical Safety Group, 2017
Secretary, Healthy Homes and Buildings Group 2017,
Treasurer, South West Rail Group 2017

Chair of the Diabetes Think Tank

Derek has:

Has spoken in 30 debates in the last year.  See all Derek Thomas’s speeches

Has received answers to 18 written questions  in the last year.

Has voted in 94.19% of votes  in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs.

This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level  score.

Had above average numbers of Prime Minister’s Questions answered

Has spoken in 29 debates in the last year

Derek has secured a number of debates in parliament including: 

Westminster Hall:
Food Security (20th Jan 2016)
Fuel Poverty (3rd February 2016)
Community Pharmacies (23rd February 2016)
Employment for People with Disabilities (5th July 2016)
Diabetes Technologies (23rd November 2016)
Making Tax Digital (cancelled due to budget)
Employment opportunities in food and farming (25th April 2017)
Taxes on Small Businesses (18th October 2017)
Marriage in Government Policy (30th January)

Adjournment Debate:
Dean Quarry (10th January 2017